26 Dec '11, 8pm

10 trillion gallons of untreated storm water runs into rivers and waterways every year.

I live in California, and about the time each fall when we turn our clocks back to standard time many of us are hunting around our closets or car trunks looking for umbrellas we last saw in April. It’s the start of the rainy season out West. Of course, for much of the nation, rain falls through most of the year. To say the least, we need the rain. But it also comes with increased water pollution. Because of all of the paved and otherwise impervious surfaces in our cities, rain mixes with the pollutants that fall onto our city driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and streets, creating a witches’ brew of polluted runoff. Across the nation, an estimated 10 trillion gallons a year of untreated stormwater runs off roofs, roads, parking lots, and other paved surfaces, often through our cities’ sewage systems, into rivers and waterways that serve as drinking water supplies and flo...

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